Dubai provides stage for world sporting events
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2023, which runs until March 4, features a star-studded line-up that includes world number one and 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, world number two Rafael Nadal, Dubai 2021 champion Aslan Karatsev, 2021 semi-finalists Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, former champion Roberto Bautista Agut and Arab star Ons Jabour. Last Saturday, Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic won the women’s singles title with a 6-4, 6-2 stunner over world number one Igu Sventek.
One of the most eagerly awaited events on the UAE sports calendar, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2023 represents the best of what the city offers as a global sports destination. With pleasant temperatures, world-class infrastructure, an exciting fan experience and unrivalled hospitality and tourism, Dubai is one of the best places to enjoy world sporting events, especially during the cooler months of the year.
Few cities on the globe can rival Dubai in the number of world-class events in various disciplines. Dubai is the preferred venue for global tournaments among international sports organisations due to its exceptionally successful track record of hosting multi-phase events. The city offers a wide range of sporting events in various disciplines including golf, tennis, cricket, motor sport, basketball, horse racing, rugby, polo, distance racing and many more.
Over the past few years, the sports sector has emerged as a key driver for the growth of the city’s tourism industry and the development of Dubai as a multifaceted global destination. In 2021 alone, the sports sector’s contribution to Dubai’s economy exceeded AED 9 billion. The sector has also created 105,000 jobs, accounting for 3.8% of total employment in Dubai. In 2022, international sporting events held in Dubai attracted more than 31,000 athletes and 713,000 fans from around the world.
For the global sports fan, visiting the emirate for international events is an opportunity to combine a world-class tournament experience at the forefront with the chance to enjoy Dubai’s luxurious hospitality and tourist attractions, diverse retail offerings, eclectic gastronomy and culture.
In addition to local and world sporting championships, Dubai has organised many public races this winter including the Ultimate Run on 20 January, Dubai Creek Half Marathon Championship and Palm West Run on 22 January, Dubai Festival City Night Run on 23 January, EXPO City Run on 24 January, Business Bay Run on 25 January and Dubai Harbor Run on 29 January. Hatta hosted the Wadi Bih Run on 29 January, with participants walking the route against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery.
Dubai’s sports facilities are a key determinant of Dubai’s importance in the global sports calendar. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been voted ‘Best Venue’ by ATP World Tour players for three consecutive years. One of the iconic stadiums in world cricket, Dubai International Cricket Stadium has hosted numerous cricketing mega-events including the T20 World Cup, Asia Cup and IPL. In addition, Dubai’s comprehensive hospitality, logistics and healthcare infrastructure, as well as its ability to provide the safe environment required to host major tournaments, make it an ideal venue for international sporting events.
Dubai’s prime location and excellent infrastructure have also made it a preferred training ground for international athletes and sports stars. Dubai is home to state-of-the-art coaching academies in all disciplines that are nurturing the international stars of the future. The city is home to over 400 academies offering expert training in all sports and over 100 public and private sports clubs.
Thanks to Dubai’s favourable climate and high quality infrastructure, the city has hosted training camps and friendly matches for over 120 international teams in various sports such as swimming, synchronised swimming, modern pentathlon, cycling, tennis, football, badminton, cricket, rugby and golf in 2022.
Thanks to the leadership’s unwavering commitment to excellence, the city’s strategic location, robust infrastructure and exceptional services in all sectors, Dubai will grow as one of the world’s most popular sporting destinations.
#Dubai is a preferred venue among international sporting bodies for hosting global tournaments because of its exceptionally successful record of hosting multi-stage competitions.https://t.co/9RNKdcg3wP pic.twitter.com/CkYpQHpiEX— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 2, 2023
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